K023476 OFFICER'S GREATCOAT. (Tuchmantel)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. The greatcoat was carried over from the Imperial German Navy, on into the Weimar Reichsmarine era, (National Navy, Circa 1919-1933), and on into the Third Reich. Although the German army utilized at least thirteen different styles of greatcoats with numerous variations and intended purposes for all ranks, Kriegsmarine greatcoats were only manufactured in four, main variations and wear was limited to Senior NCO’s, Officer Candidates and Officers ranks. Of Note: Additional heavier, guard coats and surcoats were also issued as special clothing as required. The long tail skirts of the greatcoat made them rather impractical for on-board wear and the shorter, more practical, reefer and pea style jackets were more commonly worn. Regulations dictated that the only insignia to be worn on the greatcoats were removable shoulder boards. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the OKK, Offizier Kleiderkasse der Kriegsmarine, (Officer’s Clothing Account of the Navy).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Navy blue wool construction, double breasted style, full length greatcoat, with fold back lapels and lay down collar. Coat features dual, vertical, parallel, rows of six front closure buttons with corresponding button holes on both the left and right front panels. Coat has two, diagonally angled, slash, front hip pockets with slightly angular flaps at waistline. The left hip pocket has two, short, ribbed black rayon straps with a brass, swivel, friction clip to each strap for wearing the sword or dagger. The straps are machine stitched to the interior pocket flap seam. Straight cut sleeves have simulated French cuffs. Reverse of coat has a half-waist belt with a central retaining button and two ornamental buttons to waistline. Side seam edges of the reverse half-waist belt each have, vertically positioned, dual-layered scalloped panels with an additional two ornamental buttons at the scalloped tips. Reverse also has a central, vertical tail skirt slash with a three button closure. All buttons look to have original stitching. Coat is roughly a size 40" chest. Original owners name to one of the inside pockets with a 1936 date. Sew on shoulder boards for the rank of Leutnant. Nice coat.

GRADE ****1/2                                                 PRICE $775.00 (Or Best Offer)

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